Friday, July 17, 2009

In The Bunker - The 11th Hour!

I kinda expected this.

One hour before quitting time my boss asked me if I "had any plans for next week."

Gosh, its nice that he cares!

The 411 is that there are some coverage issues and unfinished business issues next week and he says he would appreciate it if I could be here Monday and Tuesday.

I told him my only pressing engagement was to file for unemployment, so it looks like I'll have a couple more days of pay out of this place, yet.



Blogger Lee said...

Hah. You should have said you were available at 5x your current rate!

(But yeah, a couple more days of pay is a good thing.)

July 17, 2009 7:08 PM  
Blogger KL from NYC said...

I've been following your story here for awhile, and I really had to write to you.
Although I don't know you personally, I know from your other blogs that you're a creative guy (who else in the world would have thought of remixing "The Chipmunks Sing The Beatles"?). And the fact that you keep up the blogs using well-constructed English sentences (with no spelling errors) means that you're at least reasonably intelligent. So, did you ever think that maybe you're too creative and intelligent for this job (how many times have you predicted the stupid things management would do before they did them?)?
The unemployment situation here in NYC is really bad, and I'm on my last extension (at least we get extensions). But I'm taking an on-line class while I'm looking for work so that I'll have something extra on the resume, and I'm pretty sure I'll have a job by the time I'm through with both the class & the extension. Have you thought of using some of the "in-between jobs" time to take an on-line graphics or a writing course? Graphics and writing seem to be two of your strong points and you enjoy doing both. The industry that you work(ed) in should have at least two trade publications and they usually look for knowledgeable freelance writers who can also drive to sites and take pictures (they might even be hiring staff people). See if you can apply your knowledge from this industry to others, and they'll have trade publications, too. Good libraries used to have Writer's Market guides that listed all the publications who used freelancers (I don't know if they're on-line, now), but you can start by contacting the trade publications you use now, and asking them for their writer's guidelines -- see what you have to aim for. Maybe you can take a brief writing course where you can put together some sample articles (then you can send copies of them when you inquire about freelance writing work). At the very least, it could turn into a good side job if you work at it somewhat.
Reading your story has been painful, not because I'm unemployed, but because I've been getting the impression that when your job dies, the part of you that makes the funny faux Beatles covers will die too -- which should never happen. And, even though your blog is named "Who Really Cares, Anyway?", I've been reading the comments and people do care, and some of them know you personally, but I wasn't sure if anyone would suggest what I'm suggesting now -- so I had to write to you. And, even if you don't like my suggestion, maybe it will help you think of something where you can use the knowledge from this job and apply it to something that would make you happier (and make money).
I don't want to sound like I'm telling you what to do -- that's not my intention at all. I'm just concerned, and I thought it might be good to tell you this right now.
So, take care, and I'll definitely tell you if any other blogs post Beatles cover versions.
KL from NY

July 17, 2009 8:59 PM  
Blogger Craig D said...

KL: Wow, thanks for caring and for all the ego juice.

The parent corporation that owns my current company does, indeed, have a propaganda arm operating out of Carthage, Missouri.

Instead of making wire products, I could write stories about the poor saps who make wire products! It would be a welcome change of pace.

Perhaps I can wring a blog entry out of this..?

Oh, and I think I have just about enough material for another "NOT THE BEATLES" comp, once the dust settles...

July 18, 2009 11:31 AM  
Blogger Martin said...

I would absolutely have quadrupled my charges for any extra days now...

July 18, 2009 12:55 PM  
Blogger KL from NYC said...

You can get a whole series out of that (you can get material for a whole blog), just DO it and see where it can go. Don't try specifically for "wire products", make it "manufacturing" -- it's broader and there's more possibility to get work....And, don't just aim for the publishing arm of the parent company that's going to lay you off. You already know that management at the factory-end is dumb; maybe management at the other end is worse.
Ask your friends to see if there are any Adult-Ed article-writing classes available near you (you seem really busy).
And, yeah, posting something new on the other blog would be nice -- I had noticed that everything seemed to have stopped at your other blogs and that's how I found this one (and got completely depressed). I'll look forward to the new comp.

July 18, 2009 5:33 PM  
Blogger Craig D said...

Hmm. On further reflection, KL, perhaps I won't be updating my other blog much in the near future.

The reason?

I do not have high-speed internet access at home. I had been uploading those mega-megabyte zip files off of my jump drive using the high-speed connection at work!

I'll try to think of a work-around (e.g. Public Library Computers) for any future media linkage.

July 19, 2009 7:18 AM  
Blogger KL from NYC said...

Maybe you could get one of those wireless routers to connect to your home computer and see if you can tap into a free line.

July 19, 2009 7:22 AM  
Blogger secret agent woman said...

This has moved beyond agonizing. I hope iwith all my heart that this slo-o-o-owly closing door helps you find another door that is not just open but has somethng much more papealing on the other side.

July 20, 2009 9:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

KL is definitely on the money, egg! Love you and good luck. Hang by your thumbs and write if you get work. "If" you have some free time coming up, maybe you could make a visit.

July 20, 2009 9:54 PM  
Blogger Craig D said...

I'm warming up to that "visit" idea. throw in a free TV and you got yourself some house guests!

July 22, 2009 9:11 AM  
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